Pondicherry-born actor Kalki Koechlin conferred Chevalier award

Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin became the latest member to join a small league of Pondicherrians  who have been honoured with the distinction of Chevalier dans l’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) .

The Pondicherry-born actor was conferred the award – the highest civilian order of merit in France- for ‘enhancing Indo-French ties in cinema’.  Alexandre Ziegler , Ambassador of France to India, presented her with the medal on Friday in Mumbai.

 

The actor who has played unconventional roles with aplomb , is best known for films like Dev D, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Margarita with a Straw, for which she bagged a National Film Award- Special Jury Award. Kalki has also written, acted and directed several plays . She is vocal on several issues, particularly gender equality.

 

 

 

READ:This young marine scientist moved to Pondicherry to care for its ocean

 

Knighted Pondicherrian

Born to parents of French descent in Puducherry, Kalki is visibly in touch with her small-town roots as she narrates in this tour of her Pondicherry house.

 

 

Earlier this year, along with Pondicherry brand Hidesign  , Kalki designed  a distinctive collection of bags reflecting the personality of both the actor and the brand.

 

 

Other recipients of the French order of merit who have a Pondicherry connection include medical practitioner V. Nallam, artiste Raghunath Manet and Sanskrit scholar N.S Ramanuja Tatacharya of the French Institute of Pondicherry, among others.

 

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